Published On: Thu, Oct 12th, 2017

Cutler: Dolphins 'have to feel good' about 2-2 start

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Miami Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler is often accused of having an air of extreme nonchalance. He’s certainly not too concerned over what many are calling a disappointing start for the Dolphins.

“At the end of the day, we’re 2-2,” Cutler said, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. “We’re still in a good position. We have to feel good about that. There’s a lot of noise that would lead to believe otherwise. But we are 2-2. Offensively, if we can’t get together, it can go the other way pretty quickly. There’s a lot of football left to figure things out.”

The Dolphins are averaging a league-worst 10.3 points per game, more than five points clear of the next-worst Cleveland Browns. The passing attack is averaging a league-worst 156.5 yards per game; the rushing attack ranks 31st in average yardage.

Cutler’s completing 62.6 percent of his passes, which is a higher rate than his career average, but he’s averaging just 5.39 yards per attempt, easily the worst of his career.

Head coach Adam Gase was quick to defend the quarterback he coaxed out of retirement.

“The one thing that people don’t understand with the quarterback is that he’s at the mercy of 10 other guys,” Gase said. “For the most part, (Cutler) has been doing his job. He’s been delivering the ball to the right guy; but at the end of the day, we’ve got to catch the ball, we’ve got to make sure that we protect him, and we’ve got to be able to run the ball to make sure our play-action game is actually going to work. But until we clean a lot of things up, it’s going to be hard to even evaluate where he’s at.”

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